The traditional end of the summer is here and we all need a family party—let's follow the rules and stay safe. Grilling is almost over, and thoughts turn to crock pots, cooler nights, and leaves. If you get all the way to the end of this post, you will be rewarded with an enjoyable Labor Day story.
I present for your consideration a few great simple ways to cap off the "traditional" summer season. As a bonus, a funny Labor Day story at the end of the post.
Before we start, a few food safety reminders. So easy to forget. It is up to you to keep your friends and family safe. I see dangerous food handling on TV food shows and other blogs frequently. So know the rules. PLEASE.
As a start, please review my Summer Food Safety post. Let’s be safe out there. No, Uncle Joe cannot have his burger rare even though you wouldn’t mind seeing him sick. It is your responsibility to keep them all safe.
Oven Recipes (if it rains)
Pie, Pie, Pie, and Kinda Pie
My Bad—A Labor Day Story
When I first started my private practice 40+ years ago, I started in mid-August, and the other pediatrician went on vacation (his first is over a year) a week later.
I was left to see patients and to make all business decisions. It was the Friday before Labor Day, and I was saying good night to the employees and told them I would see them on Monday. A huge scream went up.
Them: "No, Tuesday"
Them: (very loudly) "Tuesday, Monday is Labor Day."
Them: "It's a holiday."
Me: "A real holiday???? I thought it was like Ground Hog Day or Columbus Day."
Them: "See you TUESDAY," they all shook their heads as they walked out snickering.
Me: "hmmm ok."
In my defense, I have just come out of years of medical training, working 80 to 100 hours per week. There were two holidays only, Fourth of July and Christmas and you got one of them off. All the rest of the days were equal, meaning they were nothing special and you worked.
My bad, I guess.
I put that in just to see if anybody got this far. And it is totally true, even the wording is correct.
So relax and enjoy yourself. Grill a hot dog and have some ice cream. Enjoy your family and reflect on 2020—don't injure yourself.
Wifo, Molly, Lilly, and DrDan
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Originally Published August 31, 2014. This post is reused yearly but is edited and updated yearly. Some comments may be from previous years